American Idol finalist’s blog talks about the audition process and his life.

American Idol finalist’s blog talks about the audition process and his life.
A contestant on American Idol has a blog in which he discusses being on the show, fans of the show have discovered. The site that appears to belong to finalist Jim Verraros includes discussions of getting called back for auditions to get on the show and needing to find an alternate form of ID for his flight to L.A. because his license was taken when he was pulled over.
+ plus: 10 of Simon “Cowell’s more wicked quotes.”
+ and: like other reality TV shows, American Idol has a psychologist to help contestants deal; Simon thinks “it’s crazy.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.